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Robert Fefferman named Dean of Physical Sciences at University of Chicago

Mathematician Robert Fefferman has been appointed Dean of the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, University Provost Richard Saller announced today (May 13). Fefferman will serve a five-year term as dean beginning July 1. He succeeds David Oxtoby, who is leaving the University to become president of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

“We are delighted that Bob has accepted the job and look forward to working with him to continue the excellence of the physical sciences at Chicago,” Saller said.

Fefferman, the Louis Block Professor in Mathematics, specializes in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and probability theory. He joined the Chicago faculty in 1975. His honors include the University’s Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Fellowship of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1995 to 2001.

In addition to his teaching and research, Fefferman also has been active in mathematics education outreach, having worked for the past 15 years with public school teachers at all levels, from elementary school through senior high.

Fefferman received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1975.
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